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Sin­ga­pore Tatler Wed­dings’ ex­clu­sive on Ju­liana Ku­mala and Ryan Tjah­jana’s gor­geous wed­ding in Bali

Within the tran­quil haven that is Bali, Ju­liana Ku­mala and Ryan Tjah­jana wed in a ro­man­ti­cally splen­did cer­e­mony

From the start of their friend­ship to the day of their wed­ding and be­yond, it is clear that Bali holds a spe­cial place in the hearts of newly weds Ju­liana Ku­mala and Ryan Tjah­jana. The cou­ple first met on a trip to the famed “Is­land of the Gods” seven years ago, to cel­e­brate the birth­day of their mu­tual friend, Meyrick. “Grow­ing up, we’ve had a lot of mu­tual friends, but never of­fi­cially met un­til our first trip to­gether with friends to Bali,” rem­i­nisces Ju­liana.

Af­ter a year, their close friend­ship nat­u­rally tran­si­tioned into a ro­man­tic one, which flour­ished for five more years be­fore Ryan popped the ques­tion in front of the cou­ple’s fam­ily and close friends when they were va­ca­tion­ing at Amankila in Bali in June 2013.

The idyl­lic is­land, thus, made per­fect sense to the Jakarta-based cou­ple as the venue for their wed­ding cer­e­mony.

The oc­ca­sion, which took place in March, was one of the first ma­jor cel­e­bra­tions to be held at The Ritz Carl­ton, Bali, which opened less than three months be­fore. Its con­tem­po­rary, retreat-style ar­chi­tec­ture cap­ti­vated guests of the cou­ple with un­ob­structed cliff-top views of the glis­ten­ing In­dian Ocean and lush land­scape of the sur­round­ing land.

From around the world, 470 guests in to­tal flew in to join in on the newly wed­ded cou­ple and their fam­i­lies’ cel­e­bra­tions, which spanned over two days.


A tra­di­tional Chi­nese tea cer­e­mony started the ball rolling as the cou­ple paid their re­spects to par­ents Chi­ang Yu Lan and Haryadi Ku­mala, and Her­nawan Tjah­jana and Jenny Hend­harto, as well as to rel­a­tives. The in­ti­mate af­fair took place at the cou­ple’s sprawl­ing ocean-view pres­i­den­tial villa, which was trans­formed with op­u­lent, Old-World ori­en­tal dé­cor. Co­or­di­nat­ing their out­fits ac­cord­ing to the blue-grey colour theme, Ryan looked smart in a Zhong­shan suit by Deepak Sam­tani while Ju­liana wore a gor­geous be­spoke lace and tulle num­ber by In­done­sian cou­turier, and child­hood friend, Budi Adji.

Later that evening, the cou­ple wel­comed

a sec­ond wave of guests over a ca­sual din­ner buf­fet of lo­cal In­done­sian and in­ter­na­tional fare at the re­sort’s Senses Restau­rant. The cou­ple changed into more con­tem­po­rary out­fits—Ju­liana in a cus­tom made Paolo Se­bas­tian dress and Ryan, in a Dolce & Gab­bana suit.

Their church wed­ding the next day saw the cou­ple’s florist Dina Touwani of Flora Lines con­vert­ing the re­sort’s ocean­front chapel into a ro­man­tic won­der­land, with float­ing lanterns and pas­tel hued flow­ers car­pet­ing the aisle and lining the front of the space.

Look­ing just as lovely was Ju­liana in an­other be­spoke Paolo Se­bas­tian dress, but this time with a princess cut, while her hus­band-tobe looked dap­per in a noir Tom Ford suit. Com­plet­ing the ro­man­tic mo­ment, the cou­ple, joined by their par­ents, re­leased a flock of white doves in rep­re­sen­ta­tion of true love and the be­gin­ning of a new jour­ney.

Later that evening, twi­light cock­tails were sipped on a cus­tom-built deck and al­fresco lounge el­e­vated to en­sure an un­ob­structed view of the en­tire re­sort. Mixol­o­gists were on hand to blend the evening’s sig­na­ture cock­tail, a re­fresh­ing con­coc­tion of Pol Roger 2004 rosé cham­pagne and co­conut wa­ter.

Next to the area, guests en­tered into a grandiose tent for the din­ner re­cep­tion. Planned by the cou­ple’s wed­ding plan­ner, Tiara Josodirdjo & As­so­ciates, with a lush trop­i­cal theme in mind, the vast space bloomed with colour­ful tulips and green fo­liage. One of the night’s talk­ing points was a grand cen­ter­piece made with sil­ver mesh and rain­drop crys­tals that hung from the ceil­ing. And for each guest ta­ble, a clean-cut look was com­ple­mented with glass vases of pink and pur­ple flow­ers, tall can­dles and gold de­tail­ing.

As guests min­gled, a mouth­wa­ter­ing six­course din­ner of Asian and Euro­pean cui­sine sa­ti­ated their ap­petites, with dishes rang­ing from fish maw and abalone soup to braised duck ravi­oli with foie gras.


For the cus­tom­ary “pick­ing” of the bride, Ryan and his en­tourage of grooms­men sparked much laugh­ter when they ap­peared at the bride’s villa wear­ing lacy corsets over their suits. Af­ter pass­ing through sev­eral rounds of games, the groom pro­fessed his undy­ing love for his wife-to-be through a song be­fore gain­ing ac­cess into the bed­room to meet her for the first time that day.

Through­out the two days of cel­e­bra­tion, mu­sic was a con­stant. En­ergy was kept high at the wel­come din­ner with per­for­mances by upand-com­ing In­done­sian singer Teza Su­men­dra and band, and tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese and fire dancers, while In­done­sian singer An­gel Pi­eters har­monised to Ju­liana’s steps as she walked down the aisle with her fa­ther at the church wed­ding.

No­table In­done­sian singers Sandy San­doro and Glenn Fredly, with sup­port from An­drew Lee Mu­sic, brought the mood to a greater height at the main din­ner re­cep­tion as they crooned pas­sion­ately to the crowd. Three of the newly wed­ded cou­ple’s clos­est friends also took to the stage to congratulate them with their own ren­di­tions of love bal­lads.

The fi­nale of the din­ner came in the form of a gor­geous dis­play of fire­works that lit the night sky above the re­cep­tion tent. But the fes­tiv­i­ties and mu­sic didn’t stop there. An af­ter-party held at the re­sort’s bar and lounge en­sued deep into the night. As guests con­tin­ued to sip on spe­cially crafted drinks, a DJ and sax­o­phon­ist col­lab­o­rated to get the crowd groov­ing with catchy dance tunes. And just like the rest of this well-thought-out wed­ding, noth­ing was left to chance as beachap­pro­pri­ate danc­ing shoes—oth­er­wise known as flip flops—and han­gover kits were on standby for par­ty­go­ers.

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